'A Party for Progress' book signings planned in western P.E.I.

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Author Leonard Cusack will hold two book signings in West Prince for his latest work, "A Party for Progress: The P.E.I. Progressive Conservative Party 1770-2000."

'A Party for Progress' book cover

The signings will take place Friday, Dec. 6, at O'Leary Guardian Drug from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the Tignish Co-op from 1 to 3 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for sale at both events.

"A Party for Progress" represents the first comprehensive history of the PC party on P.E.I. The history covers over 200 years - from the party's roots as the Family Compact in the late 1700s through to the Pat Binns administration in 2000.

The book both details the party's history and delves into the developments and issues that affected the Island as a whole. Readers from West Prince may also have particular interest in the accomplishments of some of their own key politicians, such as Charles Dalton and Dr. George Dewar, among others.

This work represents the second book for Cusack - an historian, former high school teacher and sessional lecturer at UPEI, and a retired public servant. He previously published "A Magnificent Gift Declined: The Dalton Sanatorium of Prince Edward Island 1913-1923."

He currently represents P.E.I. on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Lori Mayne, freelance writer and former journalist, assisted Cusack with the research for the book.

Those wishing to purchase "A Party for Progress" can also pick up a copy at Coles in Summerside or order one online by visiting http://peipcparty.ca/party-progress-pei-progressive-conservative-party-1770-2000. The book, published by RetroMedia, costs $30.

Organizations: Party for Progress, Tignish Co-op, Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Summerside

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